Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's 2-Hour Early Access Tour
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What You'll Do
  • Enjoy exclusive VIP early access to the Sistine Chapel and admire the magnificent work of Michelangelo before others arrive
  • Skip the line at St. Peter’s Basilica, the iconic cathedral that houses incredible works of art
  • Visit the Crypts of the Popes beneath the Basilica
Experience the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica early in the morning before the crowds arrive, on this skip-the-line early access tour. Explore the best of the Vatican including the Vatican Crypts on this 2-hour guided VIP visit.
What to Expect
Even if you have just a limited amount of time to visit the Vatican, you shouldn’t miss the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. With this tour’s early access feature, you can realistically take in these 2 important sites on a 2-hour guided tour.

Meet your tour escort and group just outside the Vatican Museums before official opening hours. Notice that even though the doors do not open to the general public for another hour and 15 minutes, there’s already a line forming. Even the regular skip-the-line tour groups are already lining up.

You’ll walk straight inside, 15 minutes before everyone else!

With this head start, you’ll head straight for the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll have the privilege of being the first group to enter. On the way over, your tour escort will provide you with some basic information on what to look for inside and you’ll be free to take in the beauty of the chapel on your own.

When you’ve had sufficient time to admire the Creation of Adam and the Last Judgment, it’s time to move on to St. Peter’s Basilica. Your tour escort will take you through the side access to the Basilica directly from the Sistine Chapel, avoiding the long lines that can form at the external entrance. On the way in your guide will provide an introduction to the Basilica and the amazing sights you’ll encounter within.

As you enter, you’ll marvel at the stunning beauty of the interior. See Michelangelo's moving Pietà and Bernini’s 96-foot-high baldachin (altar canopy) with its twisting columns. This masterpiece was cast using bronze recycled from the Pantheon.

After exploring the main level of the Basilica, your guide will lead you down to the Crypts of the Popes, housed in the space between the older, 4th-century Basilica and St. Peter’s, which was built on top of it. You’ll see the tombs of many of the Church’s most important popes. It is considered a true honor for a pope to be buried here.

At the conclusion of your visit to the interior your guide will lead you out into St. Peter’s Square, Bernini’s architectural masterpiece.

*Please be aware that due to “Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy” this year, St. Peter's Basilica closes without notice. Other areas of the Vatican will be substituted to ensure you have the best possible experience.
What's Included
  • Early access to the Vatican Museums (15 minutes before other tour operators and 1 hour 15 minutes before the general public)
  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Visit to the Papal Crypts beneath the Basilica
What's Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up/drop off
  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuities
Cancellation Policy
Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
Meeting Point

Meet your guide at the bottom of the wide steps across the street from the entrance to the Vatican Museums. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
Please note the following:

• Entrance to the Vatican is subject to a strict dress code. Men and women must ensure that their knees and shoulders are covered. City Wonders cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress.
• Please note that large bags/tripods/umbrellas/backpacks are not permitted in the Vatican and must not be brought along on this tour. The group will not be able to wait for those who need to check their items in the cloakroom.
• It is your responsibility to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Anyone arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours and lost tickets cannot be refunded.
• This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs, so comfortable shoes are recommended.
• Those in wheelchairs or with impairments requiring special assistance cannot be accommodated on this tour, unfortunately. Strollers or baby carriages also cannot be accommodated on group tours.

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